Mamata captures WB, Jaya bags TN, Kerala swings to UDF

first_imgMamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress-led alliance on Friday made history by routing the Left Front in West Bengal while J. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK pushed the DMK out of power in Tamil Nadu. (Full coverage of Assembly Polls)In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) scored a narrow win over the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF).  The Congress also headed for a spectacular third term in Assam. But in Puducherry, the party’s alliance with the DMK lost power to the AINRC-AIADMK combine. West Bengal (294 seats)The Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance got 226 seats. The Left Front, which ruled the state for 34 years, is way behind at 61 seats.Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accepted defeat and resigned. The Left Front was planning to hold a meeting within a week to discuss the reasons for its defeat.Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee hailed the win as the “victory of innocent people over years of injustice”. “With this historic win, the people of Bengal have been liberated. The Trinamool (government) will bring democracy to Bengal,” Mamata told a swarm of supporters outside her Kolkata home.”It’s a mandate the people of Bengal had been waiting for. It has come after a long struggle,” she said.Mamata invited her allies Congress and the SUCI to join the state government.The Trinamool wave didn’t spare even the Left Front stalwarts. Among the prominent losers were Buddhadeb from Jadavpur and Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta from Khardaha.Tamil Nadu (234 seats)Tamil Nadu gave an overwhelming mandate to the AIADMK combine, which won 204 seats as against the DMK’s 30.advertisement”I convey my profound gratitude to the people for giving us a decisive mandate,” Jayalalithaa said.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi accepted defeat and resigned even as the AIADMK hinted that it had no intention of sharing power with its allies.AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai said the party would get full majority and “there is no point in forming a coalition government”.”The people have voted to root out the DMK’s corrupt government. It is the duty of my leader to take the necessary action and go through all these cases,” Thambidurai said.The AIADMK wave swept all the regions of the state. Spiralling prices, power cuts and corruption, especially the 2G spectrum scam, appeared to have cost Karunanidhi’s party the most. The run-up to the elections had seen no visible anti-incumbency wave and pre-poll surveys had predicted a close fight between the two major Dravidian parties. Kerala (140 seats)The UDF managed to wrest power from the CPI(M)-led LDF with a majority of just two seats. The UDF won 72 seats to get a simple majority as against the LDF’s 68.Although the LDF lost, the CPI(M) emerged as the single largest party with 45 seats while Congress got 38 seats.The Indian Union Muslim League and Kerala Congress (Mani), which command a good following in the Muslim and Christian dominated areas, contributed significantly to the UDF’s victory.The prominent UDF winners were its chief ministerial probable Oommen Chandy, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, IUML leader P.K. Kunhalikutty and Kerala Congress leader K.M. Mani. For the LDF, CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan scored a hat-trick of wins from Malampuzha. While most of his cabinet colleagues won, Devaswom Minister Ramahandran Kadnapally, Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran and Youth Affairs Minister V. Surendran Pillai lost.Assam (126 seats)The ruling Congress got 78 seats. The AGP got 10 seats and others 38.Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi won from Titabor constituency and almost all his ministers, barring Culture and Sports Minister Bharat Narah, romped home with comfortable margins. “We won because of our welfare measures and we will continue our development work,” Gogoi said.Puducherry (30 seats)Ousting the Congress, the AINRC-AIADMK combine secured a majority by winning 20 seats. The AINRC won 15 seats and the AIADMK 5.The Congress-DMK won only nine seats. The Congress won seven of the 17 seats it contested and DMK two of the 10 it fought. One seat was won by an Independent. – With PTI inputslast_img

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